Cutler: ‘I Expect To Play The Whole Game’

There has been some debate as to whether or not the Bears’ starters will play in Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, and also if they should play.

With the two-seed in the NFC Playoffs locked up, the Bears only have an outside shot on clinching the top-seed.

There are basically two schools of thought when it comes to whether or not the starters should play. Some feel that the risk of injury is too great compared to the benefit of a victory. Those on the other side feel that the best way to prepare for the playoffs is to continue to play at a high level.

“We’re playing really good football right now,” Jay Cutler said. “So we want to continue that. We’re going to go out there and hopefully we can keep playing at the level we’re playing.”

Consistency is extremely important to Lovie Smith, so it can’t come as too much of a surprise that he wants to keep preparation and practice unchanged, heading into the playoffs.

“Lovie said prior to [the Eagles-Vikings] game that we were going to be playing, that we were going to be going,” Cutler said. “And we’re going to be full go on Sunday, so that’s what we expect.”

Sunday will provide the Bears another opportunity to stay sharp and focused on winning football games. With the Packers needing a win to guarantee they make the playoffs, this rivalry might get dialed up a notch on Sunday.

“I expect to play the whole game,” Cutler said. “That’s how we’re preparing at this point.”

  • Jon, Montgomery

    if the bears are smart, they rest their starters, why risk injury just so you can keep the packers out of the playoffs? the only way the bears should play the game hard is if the saints and falcons both lose, then the bears would have a shot at the number 1 seed, but any other reason to start the regulars is wrong, and i better not get a bunch of comments below me that say “aaaahahh we gottta beat the packeeerrrssss aaah”, shut up. if either the saints or falcons win their noon game, BEARS! REST YOUR FREKIN’ STARTERS AT 3PM!

    • Romas

      I totally disagree. Sure you risk injury; but tacking a lackadasical attitude can only lead to a loss in the playoffs. Continuity and staying intense in every game is what makes you better, not taking a break because it doesn’t matter whether you win or not. The rest your starters idea is as dumb as a prevent defense. Keep the momentum going upward.

    • Fear The Beard

      There’s no way the Bucs will beat the Saints. Tampa is a total fraud so you can’t count on them helping the Bears out.

  • Frederick Kann

    I disagree too! We want the Packers OUT of the postseason. Teams in this division traditionally play each other tough, especially in the playoffs. Packer fans can says the Bears are scared, but REALISTIC is a better term.

  • George Ofman's Big Black D!ldo

    Try to win.
    But if the beloved are way far behind, pull the starters so they don’t get hurt.

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